Salon XL

Thursday 11th July 2013

Summer Essentials

Scandinavian glasswear? Contemporary Russian fiction? Foreign film festivals? We recognise you have superior taste, but it turns out our opinion doesn’t count.  Because now there’s a scientific way of finding the 10% of us known as ‘supertasters’.  Food innovator Robin Fegen is an expert in the science of supertasting and he will be at Salon’s Summer Essentials to test us all.  Hearty congratulations will come the way of the supertasters, and tasty super treats to the commoners, courtesy of the has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed experimental food organisation The Robin Collective. 

They say a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.  Yes, but so are burglars, so let’s forget what ‘they’ say.   What is true is that summer is a time when it is hard to avoid conversations with people you don’t know.  Whether waiting in line for the portaloos, white nights in your local’s garden or work’s annual canal barge disco, there’s only so far ‘Made In Chelsea’ chat can stretch.  Which is exactly why we are beyond grateful to have J P Flintoff to explain just how to make your words meaningful.   ‘Conversations That Change Everything’ is the title of his session, and he is determined to help you spice up your verbal intercourse.

Summer reading is once again a challenge.  Whereas once relaxing on a recliner with a chunky bonk buster was enough, we now have devices demanding to be filled with content that anticipates every mood.  So to ensure you have the right content for your hols we have invited the Independent on Sunday’s Fiction Editor Katy Guest along to tell us just what’s being published.  With her help, we will make sure you are fictionally prepared for your escape whether that’s volunteering at that tortoise farm, hiding from ‘the others’ in the roof of an over priced rental home, or following the road less travelled. 

July’s Salon is the last one before breaking up for summer*.  It’s at Foyles, it’s actually going to be fun, and we’d love to have you along. 

Doors at 6:30pm Tickets available here

*Apart from Latitude, Standon Calling and Festival No 6, that is.


  • John Paul Flintoff

    John Paul Flintoff

    Conversations That Change Everything

    Former associate editor of the Financial Times, now a writer for the Sunday Times) and faculty member of the School of Life, John Paul's books include Sew Your Own (wonderful, amazing, funny, inspiring, moving & utterly brilliant, they . . .
  • Katy Guest

    Katy Guest

    Summer Reading List 2013

    Katy Guest has been the literary editor of the Independent on Sunday for four years, during which time she has been a judge of Fiction Uncovered and Literary Death Match, spoken at the inaugural Shoreditch House Literary Salon . . .
  • Robin Fegen

    Robin Fegen

    Super Tasters

    The Robin Collective was formed in 2010 by Elspeth Rae, Robin Fegen and Brandy Wright, following a year of collaborating on experiential events and various freelance projects.  Seeing a gap in the market for  imaginative and . . .


  • Foyles

    113-119 Charing Cross RoadLondon

    WC2H 0EB